TV characters you’d date


I don’t think too much about

dating, these days. I’ve haven’t been single for a while and have no

desire or plan to be single again. But when I saw Entertainment Weekly‘s

list of “TV Characters You’d

,” I asked

my girlfriend and a couple of friends to play the who-would-you-date game.

My girlfriend chimed in immediately with Dana Fairbanks. (I was

not surprised. She’s mentioned her before.) One friend led with Olivia

Benson (Law and Order: SVU) and followed up with Tasha

Williams (The L Word) and Diane Russell (NYPD

). The other shared that Kris Munroe (Charlie’s Angels)

was her first love (and the one against which all subsequent loves have

been measured). And then she threw in Mary Bradford

(Eight Is Enough) and C.J. Lamb

(L.A. Law) for good measure..

And, of course, I made my own

list. Which got very long. Here are but a few.

Liz Lemon

30 Rock

This one is so obvious that

I almost feel stupid explaining it. Smart is hot. Funny is hot. And

hot is hot. Even though she might eventually send me looking for my

own “lady Steadman,” I would not pass up the chance to date Liz


Alice Pieszecki

The L Word

Once again, smart + funny +

hot = an obvious choice. She’s out and proud, and I like that in a woman.

Alice did, however, have a lot of competition for my affections. On

pure physical attraction (plus major smarts), I’d probably go with Bette.

But she cheats, and I don’t like that in a woman. Then there’s Tasha.

Swoon. And Carmen. Swoon. But I think I would laugh most with Alice,

so there you go.

Alex Cabot

Law and Order:


I surprised myself with this

one — and I’m still fighting it a little. I have very deep feelings

for Olivia Benson, but when I thought about whether I’d actually want

to date her, I realized she’s a little too tortured for me, and I flashed

to Alex — who I’ve always liked and who seems more stable and smarter

than Olivia. (The only problem is that she’s in the witness protection


A friend asked why I had to

choose between them — after all, it’s my game. And she has a point.

But somehow it just seemed wrong to date more then one of them, even

when it’s fake. They know each other! I would, however, happily step

aside if they wanted to date each other.

Dr. Kim Legaspi —


I initially thought about Abby

on ER, but then quickly flashed to the lovely Dr. Kim Legaspi.

She was out and compassionate and lovely. (Have I mentioned that she

was lovely?) My girlfriend dismissively said that every lesbian who’s

ever fallen in love with her therapist fell for Dr. Legaspi — and she

may be right — but still, she was lovely. And unlike Dr. Weaver, I would

not be afraid to let anyone know that she was my girlfriend.

Jane Lane


Normally, I shy away from high

school girl crushes, but somehow it’s less creepy when they’re cartoon

characters. Jane was creative, witty and quite attractive — as cartoon

characters go. Plus, aside from her thing with Tom, she wasn’t too boy-crazy.

Teddy Reed


I try to avoid the troubled,

tortured alcoholics, but Teddy had such a great smile and was just so

insanely, incredibly hot. Plus she was creative, had an interesting

family and did mostly get her life together. And she was hot.

Andrea Zuckerman

Beverly Hills 90210

The smart ones always do it

for me. I thought Andrea was much more attractive than Brenda, Kelly

or Donna — at least during the West Beverly years. (And I could justify

the high school girl crush because Gabrielle Carteris was 29

when the show first aired in 1990.)

C.J. Lamb —

L.A. Law

Again … hot, smart, out. Duh!

Jamie Sommers

The Bionic


Michelle Ryan certainly had

the body, but my heart belongs to the original Jamie Sommers (Lindsay Wagner).

She fought for all that was right and true, was incredibly attractive

and was amazingly strong (probably tireless, really). Not that I’d want

to objectify her, but it seems like it would be pretty cool to have

a bionic girlfriend. Plus, she had that bionic dog!

Bailey Quarters

WKRP in Cincinnati

Bailey was a little timid and

shy and young, but she was also smart, appealing and ambitious. She

definitely had a nerdy, dorky thing going on. I do, of course, have

to ignore the icky thing she had going on with Dr. Johnny Fever.

And I could go on. But enough

is enough.

So who would you date?

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